• Posts Tagged ‘Urbanism’

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    Cities are at a tipping point. By 2050, the United Nations estimates that 66 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.  So, where to put all the newcomers and how to reduce noise and air pollution from the increasing automobile traffic overwhelming urban cores? One place is in the dead zones...

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    It’s 4pm at Manchester’s newest rugby stadium. The pitch is empty, but inside, a group of city planners, architects, local government officials and IT nerds have spent the day imagining a world where street lights turn off when no one is around, public services as branding opportunities, park benches as charging...

    Nearly 10 years ago, long before Alejandro Aravena, now 48, received the Pritzker Prize on April 4, the Chilean architect came to light with a social housing project. In a world of outstanding and excessive projects, it’s less common to win such an award for a project rooted in social consciousness. And this could be...

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    “We ran out of smog in Rotterdam,” Daan Roosegaarde said, in reference to the smog-free rings still up for purchase, in a phone interview with ArchiExpo. Around 1600 people had pre-ordered these rings to financially support the Smog-free Tower project, a job well-achieved. Roosegaarde shipped the last batch of rings...

    As the world was harshly reminded by the 9.0-magnitude Great East Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami in 2011, Japan is beset by seismic activity. The country experiences an earthquake every five minutes, 2,000 of which each year are large enough to be felt. Put into a global context, approximately 20% of the...

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    “In the future, waste shouldn’t exist,” Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde said in the official video for the Smog Free Project. It goes without saying that bad air quality in cities affects our psychological and physical well-being. Roosegaarde and his team of experts came up with, what they call, “the world’s largest...

    “This is where urban development is still taking place.” Dutch architect Daan Roggeveen moved to China seven years ago to launch, with journalist Michiel Hulshof, a research project called Go West. Focused on urbanization in central and western China, the project reveals China’s urban revolution. According to the...

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    The French ministry for Ecology sponsored the Clover Street Lamp project for Paris Climate Conference 2015. The selected designer, Mathieu Lehanneur, invented the urban lighting furniture collection Clover. The lamp resembles a tree: a wooden pole—only local wood used—with three petals on top that house the lighting...

    Architecture professionals filled the space dedicated to sub-Saharan Africa at Batimat 2015. Among the opportunities presented, Cameroon delegates discussed their long-term development project Cameroon Vision 2035, launched in February 2009. Although development in Cameroon is only now kicking off, there’s much on the...

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    The crowd of upscale Kenyans was in a festive mood dancing, drinking and laughing at a Nairobi nightclub. But then, one of the revelers spotted two white Westerners, journalist Michiel Hulshof and architect Daan Roggeveen. The Kenyan asked the two Dutch men whether they were Americans and then, without giving them...

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